Collaborative Divorce Attorney In Illinois
A collaborative divorce avoids the costs and conflict of divorce litigation by utilizing the collaborative law process. This method of conflict resolution removes the couple from the courtroom and allows them to resolve their issues peacefully, with dignity and cooperation, while incorporating the advice and counsel of collaboratively trained professionals.
When a couple chooses to pursue collaborative divorce by means of the collaborative law process, they must agree to forgo divorce litigation. Typically, each will first hire an attorney trained in the collaborative law. The collaborative divorce attorneys and the couple will agree, in writing, to keep the dispute out of court. After choosing their collaborative law attorneys, the parties may choose to work with other collaboratively trained professionals, commonly referred to as team members. These team members can include a financial neutral, a child specialist, and a divorce coach. Collaboratively trained professionals can be hired by either party or shared, depending on the needs and circumstances of each family. After the parties reach a final agreement in their collaborative divorce, their agreement is incorporated into a judgment for dissolution of marriage. The divorce is final when the judge enters a judgment for dissolution of marriage as an order of the court.
Collaborative law is based on the concept that the parties share the common goal of completing the divorce process quickly, amicably, and economically. Because of its open and communicative nature, the collaborative law process fosters creative solutions to family issues. By fostering a cooperative environment and placing great emphasis on the children’s needs, a collaborative divorce helps to protect the interests of everyone in the divorce process, not just the parents.
Collaborative divorce also presents the parties with the potential to drastically reduce the costs associated with dissolution of marriage proceedings. By reducing the number of court appearances and filings, parties committed to the collaborative law process typically spend less to reach a desirable agreement. Additionally, a collaborative divorce or negotiated settlement typically takes less time to complete than a litigated divorce. If you’re searching for an option with less professional involvement, you might instead consider divorce mediation orcompare collaborative divorce vs. divorce mediation.
Collaborative Lawyers Responsibilities
In a collaborative divorce, your attorney will be focused on helping you negotiate a settlement, rather than fight a battle. Your lawyer will help educate you about the divorce process, and will help you navigate the legal issues that exist in your divorce.
Your Lawyer’s Responsibilities Will Include:
- Advising you about the divorce process and the legal requirements in that process.
- Helping you clarify & communicate effectively about your goals, interests & concerns
- Advocating for & with you in all stages of the collaborative divorce process
- Drafting all necessary legal documents
- Making sure your divorce is approved and finalized in court
Your spouse will also have their own collaborative divorce lawyer. However, unlike in a litigated case, your lawyer and your spouse’s attorney won’t be battling with each other. Instead, they will be working with you and your spouse to create an agreement that meets both of your needs, and your kids’ needs as well. Although we will not be aggressively litigating as your attorney in a collaborative divorce, we will still be representing your interests and protecting your rights and advocating for a result that protects you, your finances, and your children.
For more information in regards to collaborative law, then please reach out to Rutter Family Law LLC today at (630) 940.9107
The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can discuss your options and how best to help you achieve the results that you need in your situation. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 630.940.9107 or send us an email.